Author: Julie Eaton

Mitch Myers Saturday, August 13th @ 6pm

Mitch has been around these parts for quite a while. I got the chance to hear his set at Boons Treasury last year and I was quite pleasantly surprised. He has a soulful voice and an endearing stage presence. I also want to feature Barrel & Keg. They’ve been having open mics and singer/songwriter showcases for the last year. What’s really unique about this venue is it is an all ages venue, dog friendly and they have a pod of food trucks in the back. You can order your food from the food trucks and come inside and enjoy...

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The Raccoons. Friday, July 22nd @ 8:30pm

The Raccoons are a folk-rock, singer-songwriter band from Salem, Oregon featuring Andrew Hatzenbihler, Harris Long and Cole Haole-Valenzuela. The Raccoons have been a group for six years, and though they categorize themselves within folk rock, their sound is varied and features stunning vocals and soaring melodies – they encompass a wide variety of genres all within their own original songs. Free. Vagabond Brewing – 2195 Hyacinth St. NE, Salem – 503.512.9007 –...

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Mark Lemhouse & The Sublimites, Jesus Chrysler and The Holy Smokes. Saturday, July 23rd @ 9pm

To be perfectly honest, I couldn’t find much on any of these bands. Maybe I didn’t try hard enough. I picked this show based purely on the names of the bands and I do know that Mark Lemhouse has been around these parts for quite some time. He’s good for it. You want some straight up in your face rock and roll and some kick ass pizza? Go to this show. Free. Shotskis Woodfired Pizza – 1230 State St, Salem –...

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The Midnight Persuasion, The Fools and The Pumps. Sat.  July 30th @ 9pm

This is solid gold Salem right here, folks. You want to hear some riff heavy guitar ranging from driving punk rock to “turn it up to eleven” bluesy classic rock? But hey – this is original material and it’s rowdy and Oh yeah! It’s at the new Space. Have you been there yet? Tsk tsk. It’s an amazing venue. This would be a most excellent show to introduce yourself. Doors at 7pm – Music at 9pm – $5. The Space Concert Club – 1128 Edgewater St NW, Salem....

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Bubble Cats (pdx) and Summer Eyes – Friday, July 15th

At The Space Concert Club. Doors at 7pm, show at 9pm. The Bubble Cats are coming! The Bubble Cats are coming! Did I mention I love the Bubble Cats? Well, I do and you should too. How to describe Bubble Cats besides just saying they’re awesome? They turn out these super poppy/catchy ditties and you’re so enjoying it and all of a sudden you realize they’re melting your face with some pretty shredding rock/punk/headbanging fare. But you’re loving it. Everyone is. Also on the bill is Salem indie pop sweeties Summer Eyes. Ben Thede is the main mind behind...

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Angels and Superstars

Rich McCloud moved to Salem about 10 years ago from Pohokee Florida. How absolutely fortunate for us that he chose our town. I remember seeing him perform at Clockworks Cafe about eight years ago and was mesmerized. More on that later. I went to see him at Gilgamesh performing with his full band: Jules Arindam on guitar, Jarred Venti on bass, Derek Jones on drums and of course, Rich on guitar and vocals. He certainly picked some of Salem’s most capable musicians. They played a two hour set with a couple of covers, but the bulk were originals. Rich...

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RiverCity RockFest – Sunday July 10th

RiverCity Rock Academy is Salem’s version of Rock School. The performers range in age from 6 to adult. I got to see a couple of the performances at Make Music Day Salem and it is very cool. They play covers, that’s how they teach them to be rock performers, but they aren’t your run of the mill covers. I saw the Rockers (age 12 -18) perform songs by Black Flag and Bikini Kill. Yeah, no Freebird here. Another sweet aspect is it will be an outdoor concert at the Riverfront Amphitheater. I was recently wondering why that wasn’t used...

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Salem Art Fair – Friday July 15th – Sunday July 17th.

Yep. Gonna toot my own horn here – I got to help pick the music for the Art Fair! Nee Ner Nee Ner Neeeee Ner. I ask all local musicians to submit for next year. We had so many great performers, but I KNOW there are more. Variety is the key! In an effort to conserve space, please see the calendar for groups and performance times. Music is free with price of admission to the fair: $5 day/$10 three day pass/Free for children 12 and under. Also free for folks with an Oregon Trail card and only $3 on...

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Coronation

If you give me free vinyl, I’ll do an article about your band. Yeah, I recently purchased a turntable and I can’t get enough. This new addiction got me talking with fellow audiophile, Josh Blanchard. He shared some valuable tips for shopping vinyl in Salem and he gave me a copy of his band, Coronation’s new 7 inch. Local band + new release + upcoming show = this article you’re reading right now. And yes, the free vinyl plus the sage advice didn’t hurt either.  *wink* Coronation is Josh Blanchard on synth and vocals, Andy Brown on drums –...

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Make Music Salem -Home Stretch

Ok, children of the sun—refresher: Make Music Day is an annual, worldwide event that takes place on the Summer Solstice, June 21st. Musicians in cities throughout the world participate and make music out of doors. Those are the rules. Mark Greene and Carlee Wright have brought this magical event to Salem, and it is shaping up to be the biggest music event in Salem’s history. Really. As of press time, 30 venues and 70 bands are participating in over 130 performances. Salem’s event has broken all the event organizers’ goals for a first time participant. That’s right…we bad. To...

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What the Hell is Going On?

I’ll tell you what’s going on – Salem’s music scene is starting to act like one: new artists, new bookers, new events and new venues are cropping up and working together to make Salem more than it’s ever been. I for one am thrilled to be a small part of it. But enough chit chat. Let’s get to the news about town. UPDATES: Make Music Day – Salem: This is an all day, all city music event taking place on June 21st – Summer Solstice. When I sat down with Mark Greene and Carlee Wright back in March, the...

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Birth of a Theory

When I took on the endeavor of covering the Salem music scene, I promised that I would push myself outside my comfort zone to find the people who were actively making the scene work, regardless of genre. What I have found is Salem has a thriving and vigorous hip hop community. To be honest, I’ve never been into hip hop. Frankly, growing up in a strict religious family in Salem Oregon can be…culturally isolating, to put it delicately. I just wasn’t exposed to this artform. Personally, I am thankful that I kept my mind open, because my dealings with...

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A Farewell to Allies

It all started in the Summer of 2012, Salem musicians Ben Thede and Ronan Baker had an adventurous and unconventional idea: to put together an album; bring in new musicians every Wednesday and write, arrange, record and mix every track in 24 hours. At first, Thede was writing and Baker was doing production, but by the third week, Baker had stepped up and was collaborating with Thede to finish 12 songs in 10 weeks to release the self-titled album. They took the album live by performing with a rotating cast of musicians. Pretty cool idea. Their second album was...

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Salem’s Big Heart

The Salem music scene is hopping! So many things to write about lately. But one story has ignited the music community like I have never seen, and has personally touched and inspired me and has restored my hope for us human beings. With that said, I am dedicating this week’s music page to local bassist, John Pounds. I have never met John Pounds, but I’ve seen him play. He is nothing short of brilliant. He plays a seven string bass and uses every one of those strings to lay down some of the fattest, funkiest basslines in his R&B/Funk/Soul/Jazz...

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Hey Salem – Make Music!

I am ever amazed and inspired by the many people in Salem who are diligently working to build our community. Two such folks are Mark Green and Carlee Wright. The directors of RiverCity Rock Star Academy and The Moxie Initiative, respectively, they are bringing an ambitious project to Salem called “Make Music Day.” This is an all day music festival which started in France in 1982 that occurs on the Summer Solstice, June 21st, each year. France’s Fête De La Musique has since spread worldwide to 700 cities in 120 countries, even into the United States. New York was...

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